* Be a Wonder Woman in the Workplace
Greetings, Sister ~
In today’s political climate, sexism is on the rise and many women are beginning to see a backlash in the workplace. It’s more important than ever to learn how to navigate sexist situations to thrive in the work world and progress in our careers.
In this article, guest writer, Gloria Martinez, shares progressive tactics to help increase inner-strength and office savvy to overcome on-the-job sexism. Enjoy this excellent article and improve your status in the office – and the world!
Be a Wonder Woman in the Workplace
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A woman who has recently graduated in the US faces the daunting task of finding a new job in a country where men earn more than women in more than 97 percent of the 342 professions reviewed by the US Census Bureau. From running a farm to piloting a plane to overseeing a business, men earn more than women in all but nine jobs. Beyond being concerned about your pay, you may feel uneasy about the advancement opportunities you face against your male counterparts or the threat of sexism in the workplace. As a woman, you have more to worry about than just finding a job.
Networking was once the most common career advice given to people wanting to advance their careers, but as companies continue to aim for innovation and speed, employees – especially women – need to welcome new ideas and opportunities outside their comfort zones to ensure advancement, says the Financial Women’s Association (FWA). Their poll showed the best thing you can do to advance your career is to move outside your comfort zone. The second thing you need to do is be more vocal and advocate for yourself. This may mean expressing your ideas in a team meeting, or even building a professional website touting your accomplishments. Thirdly, you need to engage in more networking.
Step outside your comfort zone by volunteering to take on additional or new responsibilities and making your career goals well known. Don’t be afraid to participate in conversations or provide an opinion. Have the confidence to ask for a new job or a career shift when the time is appropriate. You can advocate for yourself in several ways, says the FWA. Step up to lead a new initiative at your company or write an article or research paper.
According to the FWA, “Research shows women operate in smaller, close-knit networks comprised of people they like, which can hamper advancement and the opportunity to be visible.” By expanding your network in the workplace, you’re also stepping outside your comfort zone – you’re doing two of the top three things to advance your career! Network opportunities include professional associations, industry conferences, and your alma mater.
The Huffington Post states that subtle sexism can include anything from being constantly interrupted by male coworkers to always being asked to plan the office parties to not being allowed to participate in work meetings. Even feeling intimidated by the thought of asking for a raise for fear of being labeled selfish or entitled can be labeled as sexism. Author Jessica Bennett offered her advice to the Huffington Post on fighting sexism.
She suggests to first have a group of women in your corner. Meet weekly or monthly to talk about your jobs and the challenges you face. Then share tricks and tips to fight sexism. At work, if you’re interrupted or spoken down to, it can be helpful to call out the behavior in a light way, such as using words like “manterruptor,” “mansplaining,” or “menstruhater.” Bennett says, “…These funny phrases can actually allow us to talk about really complicated issues.”
If someone says something sexist to you, such as, “How will you complete this project and take care of your kids?” come back to him with research. For example, tell him that moms statistically get stuff done faster and more efficiently than people without children because “they don’t have time to deal with crap.”
Cracking the Glass Ceiling
Don’t undermine yourself. Be confident and bold. Don’t worry about needing to come off as polite and humble. Bennett suggests something called power posing. You stand in a wide-stance (like a Wonder Woman pose) for 90 seconds. The result is a rise in your testosterone and confidence with a decrease in stress levels. So next time you doubt your ability to crack the glass ceiling, bring out your inner Wonder Woman.
About Author Gloria Martinez
Gloria created Womenled.org to spotlight women’s achievements. She loves sharing her business expertise and hopes to inspire other women to start their own businesses.